Rafael Nadal beats Taylor Fritz to secure Wimbledon 2022 semi-final spot

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands during their Men's Singles fourth round match on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal attempts to win the Channel Slam for the third time (Image: Getty)

Rafael Nadal kept his hopes of a 2022 Surface Slam alive by producing a magnificent comeback to defeat American Taylor Fritz 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (10-4) to beat and reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Second-placed Nadal now meets Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster semi-final, who is looking to add the Wimbledon title to his Roland Garros and Australian Open triumphs this year.

The 36-year-old Spaniard survived a fear of an abdominal injury in the second set and left the court for medical treatment before returning for his comeback.

Nadal, a 22-time Major champion and two-time Wimbledon champion, has beaten Fritz, Botic van de Zandschulp, Lorenzo Sonego, Ricardas Berankis and Francisco Cerundolo on his way to the round of four.

If he clinches the Wimbledon title, Nadal will also win the 2022 Channel Slam, becoming only the second player in the Open Era to do so three times, after the great Bjorn Borg.

Fritz has put in an impressive performance in his first trip to a Grand Slam quarter-finals but has to deal with a painfully close defeat after looking in very strong positions.

When asked how he achieved the remarkable win despite being injured, Nadal told the BBC: ‘I don’t know. Honestly, I really enjoy playing these types of matches in front of all of you. I can’t thank you all enough for the support.

“It’s a tough afternoon against a great player. All credit to Taylor, he’s played great all season.

“For me personally it wasn’t an easy game at all, I’m just very happy to be in this semi-final.”

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